Letni Filmova Skola

Bahman Maghsoudlou (IFVC president) attended the 29th Letni Filmova Skola from July 25 to August 3 in Uherskeho Hradiste in the southwest of the Czech Republic. He took part in three programs at the festival:

Mr. Maghsoudlou was one of a three-member panel speaking on Death and Media: The Iraq War And Beyond. The others on the panel were Mr. Peter Arnett, former CNN and MSNBC reporter and Pulitzer Prize-winner for his Vietnam reportage, and Mr. Ludvik Vaculik, the distinguished Czech writer and political activist, whose 2000-word manifesto in 1968 and 1989 Harta 77 are famous for calling for a Czech human rights movement. The discussion/debate went on for three hours and included a question and answer period. An abridged version of the discussion was broadcast on Czech national television the following day.

He presented a screening of Abbas Kia-rostami’s A Taste Of Cherry, as part of the festival’s Death in Cinema program. In addition to showing the film, he also gave an analysis and discussed Mr. Kia-rostami’s style and vision.

In conjunction with the festival’s other program, Poetry and Film, Mr. Maghsoudlou presented screenings of three films he produced for IFVC: Ahmad Shamlou: Master Poet Of Liberty, Bahman Ghobadi’s Life In Fog (1998, winner of fifteen international awards), and Ardeshir Mohasses & His Caricatures, which Mr. Maghsoudlou also wrote and directed.

Other guests of the festival included French filmmaker Alain Robbe-Grillet, Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Zanussi, Russian cinematographer Mikhail Vardanov, and a number of distinguished Czech novelists and composers.

The festival also included performances of Czech music, both traditional folk and contemporary pop, as well as an art exhibition. Previous Iranian guests of the festival have been Abbas Kia-rostami and Ebrahim Forouzesh.

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